Coalisland Anglican parishes welcome new rector

Service of Institution of the Rev Andrew Rawding (3rd from right), Holy Trinity Parish Church, Brackaville conducted by His Grace the Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland The Most Reverend Alan Harper  INTT5011-600OC
Service of Institution of the Rev Andrew Rawding (3rd from right), Holy Trinity Parish Church, Brackaville conducted by His Grace the Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland The Most Reverend Alan Harper INTT5011-600OC

GETTING around three parishes on a Sunday will not be a problem for the sporty new Anglican rector in Coalisland, who has already been spotted cycling around the area.

Reverend Andrew Rawding, who was officially welcomed to the area by His Grace Reverend Alan Harper, Archbishop of Armagh on Tuesday last, is a keen runner and cyclist which should help him get between his three parishes as he delivered his first Holy Communion in Brackaville, Ballyclog and Donaghendry on Sunday morning.

The new rector, who hails from Enfield in north London, actually arrived in Coalisland in mid November to help settle his wife and two children into their new surroundings.

He spent several years of chaplaincy in both the army and navy before retiring to take up rector’s duties at a Royal Navy base in England.

Rev. Rawding was joined by many guests including His Grace the Archbishop, clergy from around the diocese, and a large crowd, including a number of families from outside the parish, at a service to mark his institution as rector.

The service saw Rev. Rawding receive gifts from parishioners including a bottle of water from a young person at the font and the key of the church from People’s Churchwarden Liz Bloomer.

A welcome was also delivered at the Parish Hall following the service where the new rector was able to meet some of his new parishioners.